The new anti-poaching bid has eventually found its way to Parliament and calls for jailing of poachers for a count of twenty (20) years along with a fine of 200million Uganda Shillings so as to discourage the poaching of elephants which are among the prime Uganda Safari attractions.
motion intends to amend the wildlife Act and it is already at the first
Parliamentary Council where it will follow the normal routine to be
tabled at the floor of Parliament for discussion. The danger of elephant
population is common and the survival of these amazing species always
explored on safaris in Uganda
is at stake. The destination Uganda has tried considerably to ensure
the protection of these species compared to other countries and the
elephant population in the National Parks has been increasing in the
recent past though cases of poaching still exist.
An Ariel survey
that was conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society along with
Uganda Wildlife Authority with funding from Paul G Allen recorded an
increment in Elephant population in Uganda with over 2000 elephants
existing in Murchison Falls National Park and close to 3000 elephants in
the Uganda tour destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
levels of poaching existed in Uganda around 1970s and 1980s resulting
into heavy loss of wildlife. But from the 1990s, the management of
protected areas was revamped and wildlife populations have been
rejuvenating. However, the need for increased vigilance is required as
some cases of poaching are still reported. In fact, Queen Elizabeth
National Park lost a count of six (6) elephants in the year 2015.
Government intends to adopt a new act that provides for extended jail
term for poachers of up to 20 years, heavy fines of up to 200 million
Uganda Shillings and confiscation of vehicles used to transport wildlife
products and the house or building used to store the same products. Of
course, this does not do away with the collaborative approach where the
members of the community are brought on board to support conservation
initiatives and reap its fruits.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority
still patrols the protected areas and seizes the poachers’ snares. In
fact, over 7 tons of snares have been seized from Murchison Falls
National Park alone. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the ten
(10) National Parks that form the main destinations for wildlife safari holidays for Uganda.